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Charlie Bone And The Red Knight (The Children of the Red King #8)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  7,174 Ratings  ·  305 Reviews
The highly anticipated conclusion to the New York Times and USA Today bestselling Charlie Bone series!

Charlie and his friends take on a powerful and dangerous magic in Book Eight of this extraordinary series. Wicked forces come to a head at Bloor's Academy, and Charlie and his friends must use all their skills and magic to fight the evil and save Charlie's parents. In his
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Hardcover, 467 pages
Published May 1st 2010 by Orchard Books (first published January 1st 2009)
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Mariel
Sep 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
WOW!!!!!! I love this book. It was so epic, especially the battle. I was like screaming because Paton got shot in the chest with an arrow. That must have been super painful. I just love love love this book. The author's words really brought me to the setting of the battle. After I finished this book, haha, I imagined what it would be like if I was in the battle as well. AND where in the world was Una!!! She didn't even help, gosh. What about Mr. Onimous? He didn't even participate in the battle. ...more
Jan
Jan 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Even though this wasn't the best entry in the eight book series, I still found it a pretty good ending to the series. Predictable yes, but it was also the ending I wanted. I do think the author ran out of ideas though by the time she got around to writing this book, as some of the dialogue and scenes seemed recycled from previous books in the series. The battle scene at the end of the book brought to mind many similar scenes from Harry Potter. And who would have guessed the identity of the Red K ...more
Luann
Feb 05, 2010 rated it liked it
This is another series where I've been waiting so long for the final book to come out that I was barely even excited anymore. But I have enjoyed all the other Charlie Bone books, so it was nice to finally read the conclusion. I thought it was a nice ending with some excitement, a final showdown, and most of the hanging threads satisfactorily wrapped-up.

I was bothered a couple of times with the narrator voice saying things like, "If Charlie would have remembered to lock the door, things might hav
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Rebecca
This series has run out of gas. I enjoyed the prior 7 books, but this one felt like a rushed job with Nimmo throwing in every character she's created just to give them one last appearance in print.

Most of the story doesn't even focus on Charlie. It jumps from Tancred to Emma to Olivia to Billy. When it finally bounces back to Charlie you're left wondering, why? Charlie hardly seems pivotal to the story anymore.

The Bloors are trying to raise the evil Sorcerer Harkin from the past. We know he's re
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Blaine
Sep 24, 2009 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Children who enjoy fantasy
Shelves: fantasy
I hope my low review doesn't discourage people from reading this. Most of the things I didn't like about it wouldn't be a problem on a lower reading level.

That said, I was kind of dissapointed with this book, because I really liked to other books in the series. The easiest way to describe what I didn't like is that I thought the book was badly written (I didn't think this with the other books, which I read a long time ago, so I think the books may just be a lot below my reading level).

What both
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Beaky
Nov 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jasper
Jun 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
(Questions and Spoilers)

I really liked a few things in this book but there were also a few things that I didn't.

For one, there were several questions (especially about Manfred) that were not answered.

For example, In the last scene when Manfred had fully inherited his endowment from his ancestor Borlath, why did his endowment change from being a hypnotist to being able to create fire?

Did he want it to change?

Was Borlath a hypnotist in his youth and then in adulthood he suddenly was able to create
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Jill
Jul 12, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people who feel the need to finish the Charlie Bone series.
Three stars is a stretch, but it's cool.

This was the finale of the Charlie Bone debacle. Originally, Charlie Bone books were cute and fun. As they went on, they got weaker and weaker. Then this one came along.

Overall, I think the thing I dislike about Charlie Bone books is that there is no sense of urgency. There is no highs or lows - everything is just medium. If an enchanted knight is running at you with an enchanted sword, you would be like, "GET ME THE F OUT OF HERE!!!!!!!" Charlie Bone woul
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Evelyn
I can see why I liked this series so much in middle school, and I can see too that I have outgrown it. The rating of two is perhaps ungenerous, for it has been at least two years since I read the previous book; maybe that is why the "final battle" felt so completely anticlimactic. But I also dislike the characters' inability to plan things out, the way so much of the plot action hinges on silly or careless errors. The characters just don't seem all that intelligent sometimes. I also took issue w ...more
Elisha Condie
Yes, I'm reading another book written for 11 year old boys. What?

This book rounds out the Charlie Bone series (I think). And I've enjoyed them, for the most part. Charlie Bone goes to a creepy school called Bloors Academy where some of the children are endowed with special gifts. Charlie can move into pictures and paintings, his friend Tancred can call up storms, and the sinister Manfred is a hypnotizer. Throughout the books Charlie is clashing with his evil grandma who he lives with and trying
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Traci Haley
Like many reviewers, I'd started feeling like the Charlie Bone series had overstayed its welcome. The last couple of volumes were kind of muddled and ever since the book where Charlie found his dad, it seemed like Nimmo was just stretching the story along. That being said, I wasn't really that excited to start this final volume of the series. It only took a few chapters for me to change my mind. While I could tell that Nimmo was trying to cram in as many characters from the life of the series as ...more
Laura
May 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jo
Feb 14, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
In 1996 JK Rowling started a world wide fascination for Wizards, magic, muggles and the eternal fight against good and Evil. Jenny Nimmo has created a world similar to Hogworts and characters that are an intriguing mix. Everybody has individual powers, so you never quite know what to expect. I would recommend this series to children added 7-12
 Marla
3.5 stars. This book sounded so familiar that I returned it because I thought that I had already read it. I will have to try again another time.

Dec 2016 - Okay, I've got it again, and it sounds so familiar, but I will try to skip to the next several disks and see if I get to parts that aren't familiar. Only the first disk sounded familiar, so I am listening in to the final adventures of the children of the Red King.

Likes:
* Flames - Ares (yellow), Sagittarius (copper) & Leo (orange)
* Billy's
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Yougo
May 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: young fantasy readers
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
My favorite I think of the series, I found this volume to be very hard to put down, the action is quick and the intrique is thick. I originally picked up the first in the series hoping that it might be something the kids would enjoy, they really love the 'Secrets of Droon' series. The story has a bit of Harry Potter feel to it, kids with magical powers at a school for kids with powers. Charlie is the center point, and an underdog for being basically good. But there is plenty that isn't Harry Pot ...more
Stacy
May 05, 2014 rated it liked it
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M.
Mar 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book 8 in the Children of the Red King series. Charlie Bone and his friends can see that the evil descendants of the Red King are preparing for a massive assault on the Red King's descendants representing the forces of good. All the "endowed," both good and evil, have supernatural powers that are used in the fight. Charlie's parents are off on a second honeymoon so can't help, but Charlie and his team take the fight step by step, figuring out how to win each battle as it occurs. They're helped b ...more
Linda
Jun 22, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, juvenile
This book felt a little bit "by the numbers", as if Nimmo used one of those internet plot generators. But I can't fault her too much-- it's hard to come up with fresh new perils after eight books. I didn't realize until the end that this was intended to be the end of the series, and I thought the wrap up was rushed. Every (non-evil) character had to have his/her happy ending, and every evil character had to get his/her comeuppance.

On the whole, this is one of my top "go to" series when recommend
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Elizabeth
Jun 06, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
8 years in the making this series is finally done! Book 8 is the last book in this series and it was a quick and fun read. It was nice to get some closure after waiting over a year for this last book. Learning the identity of the Red Knight was great! This book is great for kids I think. I know my sister and her son have read almost all of them and loved them as well. I would go to your local library and check out the first book. It's a great series.
Amy Whitney
Feb 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this series out loud to the kids. We all loved it. The kids were very upset when we didn't have time. I have bought the series. The characters are vivid. The main moral themes are treating others kindly, helping wherever we can, and fighting for good simply because it is the right thing to do. I loved the ending!! I would suggest this for any kid to read, they will need at least a 2nd grade reading level to read on their own.
Stella  ☢FAYZ☢ Chen
I can't believe this is the last book!! This must have been what the HP fans felt like.

I absolutely enjoyed the whole series. This was a perfect ending to the series. Charlie Bone will forever be one of my favourite series. So many conflicts and twists! Jenny Nimmo, you are a genius! Don't stop writing.
Miss Lansberry
It was a great ending to a great series!
livvy
Aug 16, 2009 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
can't wait to finish this book series! i know this book will be so cute and very interesting!!!!!!!!! :)
Nilsson
I never doubted good would triumph over evil. Goes to show it always does.
Marie
Mar 12, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very nice conclusion. It was nicely balanced and the battle was a good description.
Michelle
Aug 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
totally awesome book! but a bit confusing
Maddy
Nov 05, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
The Good:
Billy Raven and His Rat - It may seem weird to list this first, but Billy and his rat saved this series for me personally. Though he's just a kid, the author provided a deep family history that was slowly revealed throughout each of the books. I really loved seeing his transition from the bad side to the good side, as well as his journey to find a permanent home. His characterization wasn't as deep as I would have liked it to be, but his connection to animals quickly created a soft spot
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Gloria
Tancred is thought dead by the Bloors. This lasts for a time, but when the Tilpin witch utilizes the mirror, she brings a swordsman out of his picture.

Billy's status as guest changes to that of prisoner. Matilda tries reaching for Charlie and gets Angel instead.

Olivia is discovered after Charlie is taken to the Great-Aunts houses to "answer questions". His parents are still on their honeymoon and the other adults were out. Olivia showed her endowment and was "captured" by an enchanted vest. The
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Rex Libris
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the final story in the Children of the Red King series. The final battle is kind of anticlimactic, but a lot of others getting their final comeuppance is very good. Some other interesting surprises that I do not want to reveal!
Catherine
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best book of the series.
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Jenny Nimmo was born in Windsor, Berkshire, England and educated at boarding schools in Kent and Surrey from the age of six until the age of sixteen, when she ran away from school to become a drama student/assistant stage manager with Theater South East. She graduated and acted in repertory theater in various towns and cities: Eastbourne, Tunbridge Wells, Brighton, Hastings, and Bexhill.

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The Children of the Red King (8 books)
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